“Chicago’s Green Healthcare Initiative is an innovative strategy to reduce greenhouse gases and cut energy bills for hospitals,” said Cheryl Newton, EPA regional air division director. “Taking action on climate change is one of EPA’s top priorities.”
The partnership will use EPA funds to help 22 hospitals reduce energy use by 5 to 10% and will provide educational assistance to a total of 111 hospitals to help improve their energy efficiency. Typically, hospitals increase energy use 1 to 3% annually.
EPA estimates that the amount of energy used by the U.S. healthcare sector contributes $600 million per year to healthcare costs through increased asthma and other respiratory diseases associated with air pollution.
The Climate Showcase Communities Grant Program is administered by EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program that provides technical assistance, tools, and guidance to help state, local, and tribal governments implement policies and programs to mitigate climate change.
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